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Water availability affects the economy, social relations and environmental security in regions. As groundwater supplies are diminishing, and global water demand is increasing (United Nations, 2015), new nature-based technological solutions are highly desirable. Recently, the water scarcity crisis is also starting to affect Europe. In order to relieve the stress on traditional fresh water resources, fog-collection technologies stand as a promising alternative solution. Thus, this study developed the Nebula Project to maximize the ecology of system boundary processes and offer fog harvesting as sustainable opportunities in the Switzerland Alps and Northern Italian region. The project is used to inform policymakers understand tailor nature-based sustainable solutions in cities, based on their unique geography, climatic conditions, and social characteristics. Active involvement of citizens is fundamental for the functioning of those systems, especially if combined with promotion strategies, data gathering systems and gamification processes.

Authors: Gloria Morichi, Gabriela Fernandez, Lucas B. Calixto

Farm Ontology (FO) defines a new and flexible conceptual model used as unique standard in every task of farm modelling. FO considers the farm-system as a whole to achieve its structural and functional aspects in an integrated view. Planning and management tasks are included for a comparative analysis between expected and actual activities. Planning includes simulations of alternative scenarios, whilst management enables practical applications (e.g. operational monitoring, automated controls). FO considers the hierarchical decision levels (strategic, management, operational) and provides information for both ex-ante (comparative behaviour of alternative farming systems) and ex-post evaluations (satisfying traceability and process certification purposes). An efficiency index is computed comparing actual and expected performances, providing an appraisal of different types of Sustainability aspects. FO structure allows to consider, for example, precision agriculture as technological enabler to optimize global farm performance, or the global performance of farming systems in a given region.

Authors: Pasqualina Sacco, Raimondo Gallo, Fabrizio Mazzetto

Fashion is one of the most relevant phenomena to describe contemporary cultures and societies (Fioraai, 2006; Bertola, 2018). Despite this, fashion has always been a marginal topic within the design scientific debate. Fashion design education has been a small niche within the whole academic system. Nowadays, this exile, that could be considered both forced or voluntary, is ending. Fashion is strong of its recognized impact on global economies, society, culture, and is conscious of the need for it to engage, as for all other sectors, in guiding a coherent transition of the surrounding world towards a more sustainable paradigm. In view of this, this exploratory paper, developed within the scope of the author’s doctoral research, present an initial analysis of the current state of the art in practices across Europe, mapping existing and emerging practices within university level institution and industry, to identify approaches and practices that could be amplified, and implemented to contribute to a sustainable paradigm for fashion design education.

Authors: Erminia D’Itria